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Matches between these two clubs rarely fail to disappoint and this encounter was no exception, providing a fine afternoon’s very entertaining Rugby, as the Seaweeds eventually ran out comfortable winners.
The standard of play throughout the match was high and it was the visitors that had much the better of the early stages. With barely two minutes played, Porthcawl took the lead with flanker Gareth Davies notching his third try in as many weeks for a 5-nil lead, following an immense forward onslaught from the Porthcawl eight.
Barely three minutes later, the elusive Jordan Skidmore rounded off a brilliant move in which Dai James and skipper Lloyd Long were instrumental amongst the nine pairs of hands that moved the ball wide, and he rounded almost behind the posts for a try, converted by Jon Phillips for 12-0.
Long, back after missing the first three matches, was immense for Porthcawl throughout the afternoon, to lead from the front with a barnstorming display, along with No.8 Matt Davies who was also back to his best during the opening spell.
Sports did get their act together to get into the match with a deserved try by centre Lee Roderick, converted Ken Morris, just after Porthcawl prop Tim Lunn found himself in the sin bin for transgressing at a ruck, for 12-7.
As both sides showed an entertaining penchant for moving the ball in the superb conditions, a momentous break by Porthcawl lock Nick Nutman, that ripped through the heart of the home defence, culminated in Dai James coasting over for an unconverted try, as the half drew to a close at 17-7.
Porthcawl got off to a flyer in the new revised divisional league, earning a good but difficult win at Ogmore Vale.
The home side had the better of it against the Seaweeds last season but a visiting Porthcawl side under new Coach Rhys James, had enough in the tank to secure the points, with lock Richard Hnyda standing in as skipper.
After 12 minutes, Porthcawl’s driving lineout bulldozed over the home line, with Gareth Davies and Simon Curtis both coming up with the ball.
Jordan Skidmore, returned from TATA Steel, converted for 0-7. Skidmore always was a skilful player, although he occasionally tries too much, and his cut and thrust through gaps aided by his lightning speed paid dividends after just 2 minutes later, as he rounded off with a smart try behind the posts, which he also converted for nil-14 in as many minutes. To their credit, Ogmore took advantage of poor Porthcawl defence to grab a deserved converted try before the break, at 7-14.
Porthcawl 26 Bryncethin 27
In what some might describe as the match of the day in the division, Porthcawl were denied with the very last kick of a truly fascinating derby match.
The game was barely two minutes old when the visitors struck an ominous blow, with a converted try almost before Porthcawl had realised the match had started, for 0-7. However, reality soon hit home and great work by the home eight set the platform for Jordan Skidmore to scythe past several defenders on a 40 metre run to score a try behind the posts which he also converted to level matters.
The Seaweeds pack played another part in the next score as Nick Nutman benefitted from a tremendous forward drive to score halfway out, only for Skidmore’s conversion to literally skid more off the side of his boot and wide of the mark for 12-14.
Bryncethin are not the side to relax against however and they responded in usual fashion with another converted try for a 12-21 lead going into the break.
A team of Ospreys players descended on Porthcawl RFC this weekend (29/08/14) to give the clubhouse a fresh lick of paint ahead of the new season.
Throughout the summer, the Ospreys have been getting their hands dirty after volunteering to help local rugby clubs with any odd jobs. The offer has seen players helping out at several clubs throughout the region including Severn Sisters RFC, Resolven RFC and most recently Porthcawl RFC where they painted the pitch side railings and panels on the side of the clubhouse, following a recent grant of £500 towards the upkeep of the club.
Scott Baldwin, Andrew Bishop, Rhys Webb and Lloyd Evans were all present on the day and joined in with the painting, giving the club a new lease of life in time for the new season to start.